Senate Republicans say they're not satisfied with some of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's answers to a background questionnaire.
The seven GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have signed a letter outlining 10 areas where they say Sotomayor was incomplete, vague, or inconsistent. The letter is dated today and requests Sotomayor to submit additional material.
“Although you have provided a great deal of information to the Committee, and we appreciate your efforts, it is important that your information be complete to permit the Committee to properly evaluate your record in the short time that has been provided,” the letter reads.
Click here (pdf) for a copy of the letter.
In delivering Sotomayor’s completed questionnaire to the Senate, the White House last week touted the speed with which they and Sotomayor provided the information. Since then, opponents have uncovered a 1981 memo — not initially provided to the Senate — that she signed as a board member of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund. They say the omission is evidence that the White House rushed the questionnaire; the White House called it an oversight.
The Republicans’ letter today asks whether the questionnaire left out any other documents from her board membership. It also asks for copies of speeches, of law review articles that she edited, and of memoranda related to various court committees. It also asks her to explain her membership in the Belizean Grove, a networking organization based in New York that is open only to women.